Sitting in a nearly empty cell – a metal sink, the blank stare of the white walls, fluorescent lights that never turn off – all you have are your own thoughts. Sometimes they race through your head like freight trains; other times aShow More Summary
In my last post I talked about something I’ve been noticing recently, that people, especially pro-life nerds like me, are tempted to talk about logical fallacies all the time in conversation. There are several dangers to this. I’ve argued already that the first danger is accusing somebody of a logical fallacy when they didn’t actually [...]
Birds, reptiles, amphibians, and many other animals may not be able to adapt to rising temperatures.
If you live near water in the American southeast, you may have run across the green tree frog—or at least heard the species as it croaks (in a sound that kind of resembles rapid fire quacking). It's a small frog that's often found in pet stores. Show More Summary
This is a clip from an episode of Life Report called “Shawn Carney on the State of the Pro-Life Movement.” In this clip I asked 40 Days for Life co-founder Shawn Carney how pro-life organizations could better persuade people to participate in sidewalk counseling. Click the embedded video and it will start at the right place in the interview. [...]
On Saturday, July 29, I gave the plenary talk at the Animal Rights 2013 National Conference. You can listen to the audio here. The title of my talk: “The Abolitionist Approach to Animal Rights.” I understand that a video will be available at some point, which will allow you to see the PowerPoint presentation. I [...]Show More Summary
ABC, CBS, and NBC’s morning newscasts on Wednesday spotlighted Texas State Senator Wendy Davis’s filibuster against pro-life legislation, hyping how she stood for hours in “comfortable pink sneakers” to stop a vote on the bill. The networks trumpeted how “the unfolding drama topped the list of worldwide Twitter trends”, but ABC and NBC failed to [...]
As Obama prepares to give a major climate speech on Tuesday, remember: he isn’t Superman.
A lot of people have asked me about Georgia Right to Life’s response to the 20-week abortion ban. In case you didn’t know, they made national news by asking the pro-life legislators of Georgia to vote against the pro-life bill when a rape and incest exception was added, a necessary condition of getting it passed [...]
This is a clip from an episode of Life Report called “Using Gosnell to Start Productive Dialogues About All Abortions.” In this episode Megan Almon from Life Training Institute joined Gabi and me to discuss how pro-lifers can have productive conversations about Gosnell. In this clip, I discussed the common mistakes pro-lifers should avoid when talking about Gosnell. [...]
This is a recording presenting the “de facto guardian” argument at the Students for Life of America Regional Leadership Summit at the University of Southern California (see picture below). During my presentation, I describe both types of bodily rights arguments, discusses the most common pro-life responses to the violinist analogy and why they are unpersuasive [...]
Part one of the DeSmogBlog investigation of "FrackNation" - a film made in response to "Gasland 2" - honed in on the past track records and funding streams of co-directors Phelim McAller and Ann McElhinney. We revealed that Donors Trust/Donors...Show More Summary
Susie Cagle’s family’s house burned to the ground in a 1977 wildfire. They rebuilt. She’s still trying to understand why.
This is a clip from an episode of Life Report called “Local Experts Clarify Domestic and International Adoption.” In this episode I interviewed Stephanie Grant, Executive Director of Infant of Prague Adoption Services, and Laurel Boylan, Founder of God’s Waiting Children. In this clip, I asked them to explain how adopting children from the foster care [...]
Tim and Gabi and I discuss what it actually means to be open-minded, (it does NOT mean being wishy-washy,) and whether pro-life people should be open-minded too. Bonus Audio: After wrapping up four Life Report episodes, Tim and Gabi and I hung out to cover some material we didn’t have time to get into earlier in [...]
This is exactly what I’ve been hoping would happen: pro-choice people that think about abortion in a new way because of the Gosnell case, but not stopping there, but then asking a key question: “Is there a morally relevant difference between what Gosnell did and other abortions that are less obviously barbaric?” A Redditor just [...]
DeSmogBlog partnered with Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist Mark Fiore to produce this spoof video in the vein of Francis Ford Coppola's "Apocalypse Now." Making its debut today in honor of Gasland 2, which features the details of the...Show More Summary
"Gasland 2" screened yesterday in Normal, IL and DeSmogBlog was there to gain a sneak peak of the documentary set for a July 8 HBO national premiere. Josh Fox's documentary played at the Normal Theater, the second-ever screening since...Show More Summary
Washington, DC (LiveActionNews) — This is a clip from an episode of Life Report called “Local Experts Clarify Domestic and International Adoption.” In this episode I interviewed Stephanie Grant, Executive Director of Infant of Prague Adoption Services, and Laurel Boylan, Founder of God’s Waiting Children. In this clip, I asked them to talk about the common [...]
ABC and NBC led their morning shows on Tuesday with nearly 10 minutes of “breaking news” coverage of Angelina Jolie’s double mastectomy. This celebrity-driven story was apparently deemed more important than abortionist Dr. Kermit Gosnell being found guilty of three counts of first-degree murder, as Good Morning America and Today devoted just 38 seconds to [...]